Advanced Energy Perspectives

Why a Bandage Fix for Cost-Effectiveness Testing Isn’t Enough

Posted by Adam Scheer, Jake Millette, Olivia Patterson, and Julie Michals

Jan 15, 2020 11:30:00 AM

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This is a guest post by Adam Scheer (Recurve), Jake Millette and Olivia Patterson (Opinion Dynamics), and Julie Michals (E4TheFuture)

Driven by advancing technologies and by policies that are evolving to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, the energy industry is changing at a breakneck pace. On the demand side, our fundamental challenge is moving beyond siloed programs into scaled demand flexibility to achieve states’ priorities such as grid resilience, resource adequacy, and decarbonization, amidst increasing electrification. Critically, scaling distributed energy resources (DERs) to meet a host of policy goals will require that we leverage limited ratepayer dollars to cultivate as much energy efficiency (EE) and other DER investment as possible. The question is: are cost-effectiveness (CE) testing practices developed decades ago adequate to guide our industry investments today? In our experience, legacy CE practices are inhibiting both innovative program designs and commonsense best practices for putting ratepayer dollars to optimal use.

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Topics: Guest Post, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, Regulation, Energy Efficiency

What's Your Superpower? On Oct. 2, Let's All Show Off Our Strength By Getting More From Less

Posted by Monique Hanis

Oct 1, 2019 2:43:22 PM

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We all have the power to save energy and today’s technology providers make it easier than ever to make a big difference. Whether you want to save money on your home energy bills, improve building comfort, reduce office, commercial and industrial costs, drive U.S. economic growth and jobs, or make a significant dent in harmful emissions, energy efficiency (EE) is a superpower we can all tap right now.

That’s why AEE is supporting the fourth annual national Energy Efficiency Day on Oct. 2 and encouraging you to join us. Working with national and regional EE colleagues, we are taking this fall day to highlight all the benefits of EE, shed light on enabling technologies, share valuable, cost-saving tips, and make it fun.

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Topics: utility, Energy Efficiency

The Next Big Energy Innovation May Not Be A Gadget

Posted by Malcolm Woolf

Nov 7, 2018 12:15:00 PM

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Photo by Tom Burke, used under a Creative Commons license

The most important innovation coming along in electricity may not be a cutting-edge technology or a first-in-the-nation government policy. Rather, it might be a subtle, yet transformative, change in the way utilities meet their resource needs. Instead of prescribing specific technologies to meet future demand – typically, power plants of a particular type – and buying it or building it themselves, utilities are increasingly defining their needs and allowing all technologies and services that can meet those needs to slug it out. It’s an approach that can save money for customers, relieve regulators of unnecessary risk, and open up opportunities for advanced energy companies of all kinds.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, utility, Regulation

Ohio Powers Forward With Utility Reform Process, But There’s Much Left To Do

Posted by Coley Girouard

Oct 30, 2018 1:32:00 PM

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In August, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) released a report on Ohio’s electricity future, the product of an initiative coined PowerForward. The PowerForward report is a milestone in the state’s effort to revolutionize Ohio’s electrical grid, improve reliability and resilience, and incorporate new, innovative technologies to enhance the customer experience. AEE and our member companies have been involved all along the way. The process is far from finished, but the PowerForward roadmap points in the right direction – toward a modernized electric power grid, with utilities regulated in ways that take advantage of advanced energy technologies and services.  

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, Regulation

Gear Up for #EEDay2018 — Join Us to Spotlight Efficiency Success!

Posted by Claire Alford

Sep 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

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Image provided by EnergyEfficiencyDay.org

This year’s Energy Efficiency Day (#EEDay2018) was designed to spotlight the impact of efficiency technologies and inspire companies, as well as the average person, to take action. That’s why AEE is supporting the national social media campaign on Oct. 5 and encouraging our members and partners to join us.

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Topics: utility, Advanced Energy Works

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